RE: Re: Questions re senior cohousing
From: Alexander Robin A (
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 14:02:37 -0800 (PST)
Good points are being raised. One can see, too, the prejudice and stereotypes 
applied to "seniors." What is a "senior" anyway? Something different from a 
regular person? I guess in a neighborhood there are kids, people, and seniors. 
Perhaps we in the latter category should have the good taste to take our 
crutches and hobble out to the hillside and perish like in the good old days 

Robin A.

From: normangauss [at]
Sent: Fri 3/18/2005 4:07 PM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Re: Questions re senior cohousing

In our community, the preponderance time and attention donated to community
affairs comes from our senior members.  They have the most time available
for this activity.  The younger ones are very busy raising families or have
full-time jobs and just don't have left-over time and resources to give.

The scenario painted of all seniors aging and becoming more dependent
simultaneously is not realistic.  There are younger seniors and there are
older seniors.
Some seniors are vigorous and others are not.  Sometimes, an older senior
can help another older senior if one is more able to render assistance.

I don't buy this simplistic projection of all seniors becoming dependent at
the same time.  Some will never be dependent even at an advanced age.  It
all depends.

Norm Gauss
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sharon Villines" <sharon [at]>
To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Re: Questions re senior cohousing

> On Mar 18, 2005, at 12:45 PM, Eris Weaver wrote:
> > But how many/what percentage of people with limited abilities could one
> > community sustain? Even if a senior cohousing started out with
> > relatively "young" and fit seniors, over time the amount of decreased
> > function and disability that can often come with age would increase and
> > thus the amount of energy/time/work that individuals contribute would
> > decrease. What would this look like over the long term?
> I think this is a real concern but it goes both ways. Right now I'm
> feeling the crunch in the other direction. Since we moved in it has
> been the younger people who needed all the help -- from breast cancer
> to babies to multiple adoptions. We do have a wheel-chair bound
> quadriplegic who actually requires NO extra support because he has his
> own support network. Other than helping him get a heavy box home that
> UPS has delivered to the commonhouse or walking his service dog he has
> not required the weeks of food and child care support that younger and
> more able people have required.
> Sharon
> -----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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